Having curly hair is a lot of work, but even though it may be a lot of work, a good curly hair routine can change your hair world! You guys already know about my curly hair journey, but I didn’t really tell you about my actual curly hair routine. So, due to many requests, here is my curly hair routine from start to finish! If you would like to watch my routine in action, there is a video at the end of the post.
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The Necessity of a Curly Hair Routine
As many of you know, curly hair is a sort of fickle beast. One moment, it’s perfectly happily coiled, the next moment you can lose to Medusa in a hair contest. Curly hair is often extremely fine and extremely dry. Those two conditions together = frizz, breakage, and what I like to call 70’s hair. But without the teasing and hairspray.
A good curly hair routine maximizes moisture retention of the delicate strands of curly hair and also protects it from everyday harms like heat, wind, etc. If you don’t believe what a curly hair routine can do, check out my curly hair journey to see what my hair looked like before I found a routine! It’s nothing short of magical!
A Method that Works
If you were to google ‘curly hair routine,’ odds are that thousands of things would pop up. The Curly Girl Method, the LOC method, the LCO method, ‘No-Poo,’ Co-Washing…the list goes on and on!
I’ve dabbled in plenty of these! However, not only have I dabbled, I found a combination of what works for me. The last you all read was that I had modified the Curly Girl Method. Today, I’ve added a modified LOC method. As silly as this acronym is, mine is affectionately the LOG method.
Traditionally, this method is the LOC method (leave-in, oil, cream). In order to achieve this, you apply the products to your hair in that order, not washing them out. However, I found that my hair doesn’t particularly thrive with creams or custards. They tend to weigh my hair down and make my curls go limp. So, I modified the method to what suits my hair needs.
My favorite way to tackle this part is to actually leave in most of my conditioner from washing my hair. This is a habit that I’ve taken from The Curly Girl Method. My hair just loved the additional moisture from my conditioner.
On top of that, I spritz the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Treatment. This stuff is really light weight and has helped my poor little broken hairs that I’ve gotten from pony tails.
Some may shy away from applying oil to their hair, and that’s perfectly fine. Many are afraid that the oil will make their hair look greasy. I was afraid of this, too, until I bit the bullet and started applying Shea Moisture’s 100% Argan Oil. This has changed so much about my hair! It helps seal in the moisture of the leave in conditioners, and it makes my hair shine! My curly girls, you know how hard it is to make our hair shiny and look healthy!
The trick is to apply a few drops at the ends of the hair and work it up to mid shaft – about where your ponytail would go. Don’t apply it to your scalp at all! If you do apply oil to your scalp during a hair treatment or masque, be sure you wash it out before you style your hair or it will look greasy.
In my last post about my curly hair, I told you that I stopped using gel. Well, I realized that the creams/custards that I was using weren’t working for my hair!
My favorite gel is the TRESemmé TRES Gel Extra Hold #4. It is light weight with a nice hold for my curls, and it doesn’t contain any chemicals that dry my hair out! I apply a generous (some would say copious) amount to my hair, making sure each strand is coated. I scrunch, scrunch, scrunch, scrunch, etc. to help my curls take form and then I let them air dry. I’m not the biggest fan of diffusing my hair.
In the video below, you’ll see that I actually went with a cream on my hair. I only used it because I was trying to use up the rest of what was in the bottle. Now that I’ve had it in my hair, though, I regret using it. My curls would have been much curlier had I just used gel.
And there you have it!
What is your curly hair routine? Tell us in the comments below! I love hearing from you!